Birthday Blakey on the beat!

The man whose polyrhythmic style helped to change the course of Jazz drumming, Art Blakey is recognized as one of the world’s greatest percussionists. With a career that spanned nearly sixty years, Blakey was an essential part of the flow of Jazz through the numerous stylistic changes that the genre underwent over those decades. Watching a Blakey drum solo is witnessing poetry in motion. His ability to maintain independent rhythm in each limb, while looking entirely at ease, is second to none.

A Night In Tunisia, at 43 minutes in, is a particularly impressive part of this 1958 set.

Cool footage featuring Sun Ra Arkestra’s, John Gilmore, on tenor sax.

Wayne Shorter takes the tenor here.

ending on a solo note


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